It’s not rocket science or brain surgery. You don’t have to have all the answers. You don’t need a counseling degree. You don’t have to be a seminary graduate. If you want your son or daughter to see sexual purity as a reflection of their walk with Christ, if you want them to honor God with their bodies, and if you want to one day see them flourish in a Christ-centered marriage, then it’s actually easier than you thought. You have to be there.
I was sitting in a green vinyl chair in my Senior Pastor’s office in a South Texas rural Baptist Church. I was about a year and half into my first full-time youth ministry position, knowing that my experience as a youth pastor was as “green” as the chair I was sitting in. With that said, I was trying, and I …
As we plan our Sunday morning gatherings, broken people must be at the forefront of our minds. As we look to how we plan camps and retreats, are we engaging students beyond the “spiritual high” of the program? Are your small group leaders discipling students or simple asking a few questions in their time together? These are questions we should be asking ourselves.
How do we make teenagers care? It sounds as if it is asking for a paint-by-the-numbers process for cramming the importance of faith down our students’ throats. Part of me wanted to say that I’m not sure I want to be in the business of making anyone care about anything.
Our goal as parents isn’t to be perfect. It’s to be present. When we are there, involved in our kids lives by giving support, wisdom, correction, and even freedom to fail, God will instill in them, from scripture and our example, the ability to make good decisions.
In the legend of King Arthur, the king and his knights sat at a round table. There was no foot and no head. Each person sat at the table as an equal, as one who was called to serve the King and his Kingdom. I pray that Youth Ministry Round Table will be that type experience for you.
Greg Stier, President and Founder of Dare 2 Share Ministries, is mobilizing teenagers across America to share their faith. Greg has a reputation for knowing and relating to today’s teens in unique and effective ways. Because of his 20+ years in youth ministry, Greg is widely viewed as an authority on teen issues and adolescent spirituality. Over the course of …